Waterparks, I Don't Know How But They Found Me, Nick Gray, Super Whatevr

Fri Nov 16 2018

6:45 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

The Castle Theatre

209 E Washington St Bloomington, IL 61701

$17.00

All Ages

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Waterparks, I Don't Know How But They Found Me, Nick Gray, Super Whatevr

  • Waterparks

    Waterparks

    Pop Punk

    As they wrote and recorded their second full-length album Entertainment [Equal Vision Records] out January 26, 2018, a wise prophet’s words stuck with Waterparks… “Tina-motherfucking-Fey once said, “Everything that’s good comes from honesty’,” repeats lead singer and guitarist Awsten Knight. “When you’re being that open, others connect. We’re not vague and subtle in our songs. I want everything to feel colorful and real. This band embodies that idea.”

    Since their emergence in 2015, the Houston trio—Awsten, Otto Wood [drums], and Geoff Wigington [guitar, backing vocals]—have kept it real and catapulted to international renown as a result of a signature style that seamlessly slips-n-slides between rock, pop, and alternative. Their full-length debut, Double Dare, earned a rare 4.5-out-of-5 star rating from Alternative Press and spawned the hit “Stupid For You,” which generated over 4.6 million Spotify streams and counting.

    On the road, they tore up venues everywhere alongside All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens, State Champs and more in addition to selling out their first UK jaunt and 14-out-of- 23 dates on a US co-headliner. Among various accolades, Awsten graced the cover of Alternative Press for the Warped Tour issue, and the entire band covered Rock Sound. Not only did they play the Alternative Press Music Awards, but they took home the award for “Breakthrough Artist” and garnered “Best International Newcomer” from Rock Sound. In the middle of this whirlwind, they hunkered down and created Entertainment. For the first time, they switched up the writing process and traded H-Town for Los Angeles. Awsten holed up in a North Hollywood Airbnb, but he wasn’t alone…

    “The place was totally fucking haunted,” he recalls. “There would be random door closings. One night, I literally heard a couple of female voices whispering in my ear, ‘It’s okay. Come with us.’ It felt super demonic. Then, it was all quiet when I got up. I was like, ‘Fuck this.’ I stole some Holy Water and sage from a catholic church, but I said a prayer and apologized since I needed it. It was definitely a different creative process.”

    Having exorcised the living quarters, the bandmates hit MDDN Studios with producers Benji Madden [Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer] and Courtney Ballard [5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low] behind the board, reuniting the Double Dare team. “It was nice to get out of that haunted ass Airbnb,” laughs Awsten. “It worked so well the first time with Benji and Courtney, so it made sense to do it again. It’s such an easy process with them. They trust our songwriting.”

    The boys introduce Entertainment with the upbeat, up-tempo, and undeniable anthem “Blonde.” Palm-muted guitar kicks off the verse before building into a stadium-size refrain, “I think the blondes are done with fun. At least it’s all about you.”

    “It’s the closest thing to Double Dare,” he explains. “I wanted to come out with a fucking smasher that’s fast. It captures all of the elements fans liked from Double Dare and puts them into one song. As far as the lyrics go, they discuss the stresses and pressures I’ve felt from touring. I try to disregard them as much as I can as they wear on you. This is the first release where anybody is paying attention and watching. I quit looking at comments online, because I don’t want to see good or bad mentions. That many opinions one way or the other never helps.”

    Elsewhere, “Not Warriors” builds from eighties-style synth swells into a hypnotic and hardhitting refrain. “Again, it was written around a time of heavy touring,” he goes on. “My girlfriend is an actress, so she’s often gone as well. It’s about having a small amount of time together and wanting more. It’s bittersweet. I get to do what I want, but I miss her.” “Crybaby” embraces more sampling and programming, illuminating the group’s growth. Meanwhile, “TANTRUM” (purposefully in all caps “because it’s loud”) stands out as a full-on rocker that “borders on hardcore.” At the same time, there’s the ebullient “Lucky People,” which Awsten calls “The most Michael Bublé, Jazon Mraz-ass song ever! If I was a ukulele guy, that would’ve been a ukulele song…”

    They’re not ukulele guys though. They’re just Waterparks, and that’s more than enough at the end of the day.

    “I want fans to hear Entertainment and know we’re just being real,” he leaves off. “We don’t want to be pigeonholed. We can make rock, we can make heavier music, and we can sound pop. It’s who we are. Ultimately, it all comes down to the hooks and songs. These are the biggest and best we can write. I know every band says that, but fuck it. I’m being honest.”

  • I Don't Know How But They Found Me

    I Don't Know How But They Found Me

    Indie Pop

    Dallon Weekes, current Panic! At The Disco bassist, keyboardist, backing vocalist and songwriter, introduces his brand new project, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me.  IDK is a musical entity before its time, one that, according to Weekes, faded away into obscurity in the early 80s, and today, through the internet, sees its performances and recordings being rediscovered by a world that finally just might be ready for IDK’s genius.  

    “I was in the middle of making a record when I came across this series of old cable access talent shows from thirty years ago,” said Weekes.  “It was this bizarre, low budget parade of the strangest people, and I couldn’t stop watching it.  I wanted to be on this crazy show, which was of course impossible.  That’s when the concept of 'I Don’t Know How But They Found Me' began.”

    The concept for IDK began about a year ago at Weekes’ kitchen table where he recorded the major of IDK’s songs.  With a nearly non-existant budget, the project was forged in large part by friends who made necessities like recording equipment available to Weekes.

    Live performances came next with Weekes enlisting drummer Ryan Seaman.  Over the past several months, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (a memorable line of dialogue taken from the classic time travel adventure “Back To The Future”) has played several “pop-up” shows around Los Angeles, each one supported by a single Instagram posting, and all near-instant sell outs.  With an initial seeding of the project to Weekes’ half-million Instagram followers, IDK has already accumulated more than 20,000 followers on its recently launched Instagram account.  And early press feedback has been quite promising:  “...the duo vibe of Twenty One Pilots and the rock vibe of what you would want The Beatles to sound like in a modern era,"

    "There are so many great/brilliant artists that I've been exposed to because of the internet,” added Weekes., “acts like Death, The Nerves or Sparks. Brilliant acts who never achieved the massive success and cultural notoriety they had hoped for. As a fan, its so fun to discover something you didn't know existed before. Every time someone re-discovers acts like this, it's almost like giving them more of that chance they never had before. So I decided to make IDK an act from the past. One who WAS on this cable access show thirty years ago. A band that already had a story, but one that had to be discovered a piece at a time...

  • Nick Gray

    Nick Gray

    Pop

  • Super Whatevr

    Super Whatevr

    Pop Punk

    Super Whatevr is the aftermath of a series of wrong turns and bad decisions made by Skyler McKee. These mistakes have led Skyler to write upbeat tunes about his disgruntled daily life, creating a cornucopia of happy misery; a state of blissful despair. Their inverted-insignia ‘happy tunes for sappy dudes’ pokes fun at the current idealism of pop culture, when in actuality the further you dig into the material, the more gritty realness you encounter from the melancholy brainchild known as Super Whatevr.

    "Good luck, good luck to you love."

    Super Whatevr worked with producer/engineer Jon Joseph (Borns, Gungor) on the new single "Good Luck."

    Super Whatevr is Skyler McKee, Thomas Waale, and Luke Mensink.

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Kickstand Productions Presents

Waterparks, I Don't Know How But They Found Me, Nick Gray, Super Whatevr

Fri Nov 16 2018 6:45 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

The Castle Theatre Bloomington IL
Waterparks, I Don't Know How But They Found Me, Nick Gray, Super Whatevr

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